Scott Morrison is in Darwin shoring up the Coalition’s Senate spot while Bill Shorten is in Townsville with a plan to allow casuals to convert to more permanent work. Follow all the day’s events, live 12.16am BST In Indi, Cathy McGowan is retiring and the community group Voices for Indi conducted what was essentially a preselection process that has backed rural researcher Helen Haines. The seat was formerly held by the Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella, which was the thing that mobilised the community to topple her in 2013. The Liberal party put her up again in 2016, only to see her roundly defeated. This time the Liberals have chosen Steve Martin, an engineering manager, and they are bullish about their chances, given the fact that an independent has never handed over to another independent. Lisa Martin had a look at the seat recently. While Voices for Indi are still strong, the McGowan family has a big following in that area, so it is a tough call for Haines, but I make no predictions. Related: Independent’s day? The ‘orange army’ and its battle for Indi 12.05am BST I have covered the leaders so let’s look at a few outliers in this campaign. Former Lyne indie Rob Oakeshott is a good chance in Cowper, where Luke Hartsuyker is retiring. The Nats are running Patrick Conaghan, a policeman turned lawyer. Cowper has a notional margin of just over 4%, which is why the Nats are nervous. Continue reading…
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Publish date : 2019-04-23 23:26:46
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